Noel Gallagher is almost as famous for his sharp tongue as he is his music career. Celebrities from Ed Sheeran to Alex Turner have found themselves in the singer’s firing line in recent weeks, but now US technology giant Apple and “middle-aged Americans” are the next victims.
“Apple came along and destroyed the f****** world. Youth culture is pretty much non-existent anymore,” he told Square Mile magazine.
“It’s this whole youth culture which is based on gadgets. It’s like Apple are driving youth culture, not youth culture driving the world.”
The 47-year-old continued: “Culture has stagnated because of conservative middle-aged Americans thinking, ‘F****** hey, wouldn’t it be cool if we could just f****** do this.’ And it’s like, no it wouldn’t be cool. No.”
The former Oasis singer – whose new band Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds was recently announced as a headliner for this year’s Latitude Festival – has 14-year-old daughter, Anais, from his first marriage to Meg Matthews.
Talking about her generation growing up in a “youth culture which is based on gadgets”, he said: “I’m not going to be some grumpy old fella telling her to put her phone down and saying, ‘Go listen to the Beatles.’ That’s her world. She doesn’t care.
He continued: “If somebody would have said to me when I was 14 about cassettes I would have said, ‘I don’t fucking care.’
“When we were growing up nobody would make you walk through an airport naked just to get on an aeroplane. And there was no 24-hour news, so they have to fill it up with bad shit. So we will always, always hark back to the old world and vinyl records and record shops and all that. 14-year-olds don’t want to hear that. Why would they care?”
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